Mikel Obi: Chelsea Legend Opens Up on His Relationship With Jose Mourinho, Video

Mikel Obi: Chelsea Legend Opens Up on His Relationship With Jose Mourinho, Video

Raphael Abiola
updated at November 2, 2023 at 11:21 AM
  • John Mikel Obi has shared his experience of playing under Jose Mourinho during his time at Chelsea
  • The ex-Nigerian international started his career in mainstream Europe under the Portuguese legend
  • The former Super Eagles midfielder also shared the few things he learned from the AS Roma coach

Nigerian legendary midfielder, John Mikel Obi has spoken about his relationship with Portuguese manager, Jose Mourinho during his time in England with Chelsea.

The former Super Eagles midfielder was signed by the Blues in 2006, with the former Real Madrid manager being the coach of the club at that period.

Under Mourinho, Mikel Obi played 119 games for the London side in two different spells and was one of the Portuguese manager's most trusted players.

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Mikel Obi speaks on his time with Chelsea under Jose Mourinho. Photo: David Wilkinson/Justin Tallis.
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Mourinho is known for his approach of talking down on players to get the best out of them and in a recent interview on the Obi One Podcast, the former Nigeria captain shed more light on this tactic.

Mikel Obi described the current AS Roma boss is a 'sore loser' who would always brood whenever an important match was lost, but would be best of friends with his if everything is going fine and the team is winning, according to a report by Soccernet.

"With Mourinho, as long as you’re winning, you’re fine. As long as you’re playing well, you’re his best friend. As long as everything is going well, you guys are good," he said.
“But once we lose an important game, I remember that whenever we lost an important game, he would stay upstairs in his office for a couple of days."

This description helps paint a picture of how fiercely competitive Mourinho is, with his track record as a manager keeping him among the great football minds of the time.

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Mikel hails Ancelotti's man management

Sports Brief previously reported on Mikel Obi naming Carlo Ancelotti as the best man-manager he had at Chelsea, having played under 11 different managers in London.

During the Italian's reign at the Stamford Bridge outfit, the Nigerian enjoyed plenty of playing time as the Italian gave him enough time to exhibit his talent on the pitch.

The former Super Eagles captain explained that Ancelotti was a calm manager during his time with Chelsea, also describing him as a man who never shouted at players.

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Raphael Abiola
Raphael Abiola is a Nigerian Sports Journalist with over five years of experience. He obtained a B.Tech degree in Computer Science from the Federal University of Technology, Akure, in 2015.
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